Review date: March 2016
Icon Male is Mile High Media's venture into gay porn production, with the talented and award-winning director Nica Noelle at the helm. These are actual plot-based scenes with dialogue and drama; several scenes are packaged into a movie, and sometimes there's even a plot connecting the scenes. The movies have a classic feel to them, the porn is shot is a very straightforward manner - and condoms are routinely used. BananaGuide visitors get special pricing.
The tour for Icon Male allows you to fully browse the scene, movie and model indexes, but you are only allowed to watch five video previews. The talented producers turned the daily management of the site over to Next Door Studios a couple of years ago, so the three-page sign-up will be familiar to many of you. Watch out on page 3 - "Membership Activation" - as there is a pre-checked trial offer to another site, which you should uncheck. Also on this page - if you are signing up for a trial - the claim that "your membership includes unlimited downloads" is not true because trials are streaming only.
The design of Icon Male is sleek and contemporary, making it very easy to use. Just click "Movies" for the DVD releases, "Scenes" for all the scenes or "Stars" for the model index. The video inventory can be sorted by keyword, date or popularity and you can tag your favorite scenes and stars. There's a drop down category list for "Movies" and for "Scenes". Every scene has topic tags, so you can easily find your favorite niche. Cross-referencing between Movies, Scenes and Models is very thorough, and on individual scene pages your viewing options are nicely laid out.
The Men and the Action
You can't really pin down a type of guy amongst the 70 different models on Icon Male; some are more collegiate, and some are very masculine and muscular, with chest and facial hair. It may surprise you but a few of these guys even have some acting talent. You'll probably recognize some well-known porn stars, including Tommy Defendi, Trenton Ducati, AJ Monroe, Jesse Colter and Brent Corrigan, while others have had much less exposure.
The content is released as themed "movies". In some, like "Fathers and Sons," there is much more of a plot-thread linking the scenes together, while in others, like "Prisoner of War," the only unifying factor is the theme. Some fantasies explored include teachers / students, "straight" men discovering their gay side, football teams and priest confessionals.
The technical viewing quality of the videos is excellent, given that the sex scenes are shot in a naturalistic manner with a hand-held camera. There's nothing fancy about it, but it does the trick.
As of this review update there were 144 scenes on Icon Male, averaging 25 minutes in length. It is clear that over the past year the site has updated twice weekly. There are no download restrictions so you can download and keep your favorite scenes for as long as you like.
There are several quality choices for MP4 streams and downloads; all the videos have a top size and bitrate of 6,000 kbps; 1920x1080 pixels. The streams all play in an embedded 1530x840 player which won't resize except to toggle to full screen.
Screens: The videos will play on any sized device and the largest ones will look good on the full sized television in your living room.
Image and Other Content
There are image galleries accompanying every video. These average about 100 images per set and can be viewed at the optimum size for your screen or toggled to full size (1280x1920 pixels). These are available as zip files. When the site first launched there was a lot of bonus content available from Next Door Studios. However, since our last review, this content has been removed.
Icon Male's themed movies featuring many of today's hot young performers will be of interest to anyone who wants a little more from their porn than just sex. The quality is high and the video options are generous. Although the bonus content has been eliminated, there are now 144 episodes including videos and pictures for you to download and enjoy.
3 day: $2.95 (limited trial) (rebills @ $29.95)
30 day: $29.95 $14.95 (rebills @ $14.95) Conditions
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3 day: $2.95 (limited trial)
(rebills @ $29.95)
30 day: $29.95 $14.95
(rebills @ $14.95)
Icon Male is operated by Next Door Entertainment and has been online since 2014.